Libraries host Summer Reading programs

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Local libraries are hosting summer reading programs to encourage literacy among children. This year’s theme is “dig into reading.”
“They’re reading books in conjunction with the weekly program,” LaFollette Public Library Director Nancy Green said.

LaFollette Public Library
LaFollette Public Library hosts its Summer Reading program Thursdays at 10 a.m. Lunch is provided at 11 a.m. by the Summer Feeding program at Splash Park in downtown LaFollette.
Today (Thursday) Sandy Stickney will entertain the children with songs and stories about Pete the cat. LaFollette’s Summer Reading Program will also host a ranger from Cove Lake State Park, Mr. Bond the Science Guy and the Knoxville Zoomobile.
The program is for children age 2 to 12. Those interested in participating must register by calling the library at 562-5154.
“Everyone’s encouraged to participate and read, read, read,” Green said.
Participants check out 10 books at a time. When they finish reading their books, they return them, recording the books they have read in a log sheet that is kept at the library and check out more books. Prizes—such as pencils, bookmarks, McDonalds ice cream cones and books—are given to children after they read certain amounts of books. The biggest prize is a LaFollette Public Library T-shirt, after a child has read 100 books.
A celebration will be held on the last day of the program—July 18. Drawings will be held for prizes. Among the prizes are two one-day passes to Dollywood.

Caryville Public Library
Caryville Public Library is hosting its summer reading program each week this month at a different time to accommodate special guests. Next Tuesday, the Knoxville Zoomobile will visit the Summer Reading Program at 11:30 a.m. Mr. Bond the Science Guy will come to the Summer Reading Program on June 27, a Thursday, at 11:30 a.m. On both days, the Summer Feeding program will provide lunch at 11 a.m.
The Caryville Summer Reading Program is for children up to age 13.
“Instead of doing a competition to see who can read the most, we’re doing contracts between the parent and the child,” library assistant Barbara Harness said.
Children enter a contract with their parents at the start of the program, agreeing to read a certain amount of books. At the end of the program, the children who have read as many books as they agreed to, will receive prizes.

Jellico Public Library
Every Friday in June, from noon to 2 p.m., Jellico is hosting the Summer Reading Program. The program is open for children ages 4 to 12.
While children will be encouraged to read and log their progress, there won’t be a contest or prizes.
But the Summer Feeding program provides lunch each day. And special guests will visit the Jellico Public Library. Tomorrow, the Knoxville Zoomobile will be there. Magician Barry Mitchell is coming June 21 and Mr. Bond the Science Guy is scheduled for June 28.
“Come and dig into the fun with us,” Jellico Public Library Director Mark Tidwell said.